january 29, 2018 - Toyota

Double Podium for the Toyota Yaris WRC in Monte Carlo

Tänak impressed throughout his debut #Rally with #Toyota, quickly adapting to the #yariswrc to set four fastest times as he challenged for the victory in typically demanding conditions. He took a careful approach through the four stages that made up the final day as he secured second overall: a fantastic start to his time with the team. Latvala also played it safe to complete a double podium for the squad. Esapekka Lappi ended up seventh (less than 15 seconds away from fourth) after a small mistake on the final stage, but can still look back at a strong performance in his first Rallye Monte-Carlo driving a World #Rally Car.

QuotesAkio Toyoda (Team Chairman)"Having developed the #yariswrc on different roads all over the world last year, all of us at #Toyota GAZOO #racing World #Rally Team made it even better during the short off-season and put an improved Yaris on the start ramp for Rallye Monte-Carlo. Although I couldn't be there, my heart was with the team and I saw many messages on our social networks from fans not only in Japan but all over the world. I would also like to thank Tommi and the other team members, as well as our six drivers and co-drivers who finished the #Rally reliably despite such challenging asphalt conditions with rain, snow, ice and mud. #Toyota is a big family united by the same goal of making ever-better cars. Juho Hänninen and Kaj Lindström, who were competing in the number 11 #yariswrc last year, continue in vital roles: Juho as part of the safety crew and Kaj as sporting director. As the new season goes on we will face even bigger challenges: extreme cold, high altitude, intense heat and increasingly stronger rivals. But together with our colleagues and fans, we are focussed on making an ever-better Yaris thanks to the valuable lessons learned from the world's most demanding stages. Thank you for your continuing support: we appreciate it so much."